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LJS 56 - Paolo, Veneto, ca. 1370-1428 - [Logica parva]
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Lawrence J. Schoenberg Collection: LJS 56 - Paolo, Veneto, ca. 1370-1428 - [Logica parva]
Paolo, Veneto, ca. 1370-1428.
[Logica parva] [manuscript].
[Padua?, Italy], 1420.
Physical description:
48 leaves : parchment and paper ; 215 x 145 (151 x 100) mm. bound to 215 x 150 mm.
Compendium by the author of his own Logica magna, a presentation of terminist logic, including consideration of propositions and relationships between propositions and meaning. This early copy of this text was completed by the German Carmelite Johannes de Beylario, who was from Cologne and studied philosophy and theology in Padua, during the author's tenure in Padua. Later in the century the Logica parva became a required element of the curriculum at Padua, Venice, and Ferrara.
Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloger; title added by a later hand, Logica in octo tractatus tributa, in ink, inside upper cover.
Collation: Parchment and paper, 48; 1¹⁰ 2-3¹² 4¹⁴; [1-48], modern foliation in pencil, upper right recto. Horizontal catchwords on last verso of gatherings 1-2, lower center (f. 10v, 22v). Outermost and center bifolia of each gathering are parchment, the rest paper.
Layout: Written in 2 columns of 39-43 lines; frame-ruled in lead.
Script: Written in Italian Gothic cursive script by 2 hands (f. 1-22, 23-48); gatherings 3 and 4 (f. 23-48) in the hand of Johannes de Beylario (f. 48v).
Decoration: 11-line opening initial in mauve, blue, and pale green on a gold ground (f. 1r); 3 4-line initials in mauve or pale green on a purple ground (f. 1r, 4v, 12v, 20v); 4-line initials in red throughout, some with penwork in black ink; paragraph marks in red and capitals touched with red throughout; simple decorative frames in ink around catchwords (f. 10v, 22v).
Watermark: Similar to Briquet Monts 11863 (Italy, 1402-1403).
Binding: Limp parchment with a few inscriptions, including a slightly garbled version of the rhymed motto that appears with a figurative representation of the Republic of Venice carved for the Ducal Palace in the Piazza San Marco in the mid-14th century (Forti[s] iusta trono furia[s] mare sub pede pono) on the upper cover.
Origin: Probably written in Padua, at the university; completed in 1420 (f. 48v).
Cite as:
LJS 56
Manuscript location:
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts University of Pennsylvania LJS 56
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